If You Leave Me

PHOTO PROMPT © C.E. Ayr

He told Sammie, If you leave me, you’ll end up in the gutter.  A big part of her believed him. Everyone they knew thought Jeff was the model husband. People were so quick to believe the lame excuse for the bruises. How could she get the courage to leave? It was that quote she read in the newspaper, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” by that tiny woman,  Aung San Suu Kyi. Sammie decided to volunteer at the Community Clinic. Jill, the social worker, had recognized the signs and asked the questions. She helped Sammie pack her things.

Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Image by C.E. Ayr.

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36 thoughts on “If You Leave Me

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank You. I think it can be psychological warfare by the abuser that makes the woman lose her confidence and self-esteem. Then it is hard to break away. I am glad Sammie was able to get somewhere where someone could help her. 🙂

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      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        I understand there is a pattern with abusers like Jeff. Isolating the woman from friends and family. She has to tell him her whereabouts at all times. He would break down her self-esteem by constant criticism and blame her if her lost his temper and hit her, make her think she caused it. I read a news report about it recently, they explained that the most dangerous time for the woman is when she tries to leave her abuser. He may very well try to kill her at that point. Here we have shelters for women and their children. They are safe houses and the men do not know where the women are sheltered.

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  1. Dale

    Excellent story and I am so happy she did NOT end up in the gutter! Unless you did it on purpose, I would think the sign would read: “If you’re feeling helpless…” and not “your”.

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